Friends of Fosterline
Fosterline England, is the only free, independent, impartial advice service for foster carers and those interested in fostering in England. Delivered by FosterTalk on behalf of the Department for Education since June 2013, we have been supported by a number of Friends of Fosterline including foster carers, fostering services staff and managers, local community groups and celebrities.
Why become our Friend?
We need your help to enable Fosterline to support foster carers in what they do. During the past year, Fosterline has been contacted for advice, information and support on over 83,700 occasions, in order to provide guidance for would-be foster carers and helping current foster carers to continue to foster during difficult times, so they can provide a better future for some of the most vulnerable children within our society.
The number of children and young people entering into the care system has been steadily rising. Additionally more foster carers are needed for sibling groups, teenagers, children from black and minority ethnic groups, children with disabilities and asylum seeking children.
The Friends of Fosterline help raise awareness of fostering and signpost people to Fosterline and they help to raise much needed funds to keep Fosterline as a free to use service for those who are, or want to become, foster carers.
Volunteering as a Friend can be a meaningful and interesting way of exploring your interest and passion for fostering, while also building important skills used in the workplace. Gain confidence and self-esteem while developing skills such as communication, problem solving and project planning, perfecting your fundraising and presentation style and use them to benefit the fostering community.
By becoming our Friend, you will be part of a growing fostering community and support network, ensuring the future sustainability of a valuable resource which helps to empower foster carers in their role to protect vulnerable children and young people.
What does a Friend do?
A Friend of Fosterline can help us in many ways, big or small. They tell everyone about the service by placing Fosterline posters in local community spaces such as libraries, doctor’s surgeries, schools and nurseries, as well as encourage people to get involved on social media through Facebook and Twitter. Our Friends of Fosterline have also organised their own fundraising events like tea parties, bring and buy sales, and even taken part in or sponsored a sky dive!
Who can be a Friend of Fosterline?
Anyone with a genuine desire to contribute to improving foster care for looked after children is welcome to join in promoting and supporting Fosterline services in England. Friends of Fosterline can come from a wide variety of backgrounds such as: care experienced young people, foster carers, professionals involved in the fostering or child care sector, local authority and independent fostering providers and organisations working with children and adults from “hard to reach” groups.
Want to be our Friend?
Download our Friends of Fosterline Pack. Check out the links to see what other Friends of Fosterline have been doing and if you feel like lending a hand, then drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us all about your plans. Fosterline will publish photographs of Friends so send them in to show us what you’re doing, we look forward to hearing from you.
Be a Friend of Fosterline. Be the reason:
- another person enters the assessment process
- another foster carer gets the right information and support
- another vulnerable child has their rights protected
- another child in care has the same opportunity as their peers
Together, we can be truly amazing and make a difference to children and young people in care.
Make a donation
Our Fosterline advisors have been contacted on over 83,700 occasions in the past year and will continue to help even more people for as long as the Fosterline service is running. This wouldn’t be possible without continued funding for the service so vital to so many would-be and current foster carers.
The average call to Fosterline lasts for 35 minutes. Could you donate the cost of this call?
Just £5.00 could help to ensure foster carers are supported to provide a better future for some of our most vulnerable children.
If you wish to donate please enter the amount you can comfortably afford below and click the `Donate Now` button
Thank you to everyone that has been able to donate. You can make a difference and help empower foster carers in their role to protect vulnerable children and young people.